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Environmental Toxicity

What is the issue here – in terms how you feel and function?

  • Ongoing exposure to environmental toxins – which we are all subject to, has a  damaging effect on our ability to detoxify and eliminate the very toxins we’re being exposed to, like a vicious cycle.
  • These toxins interfere with optimal immune functioning, leaving us more vulnerable to acute and chronic infections.
  • Many toxins have hormone like activity in the body and contribute to hormonal imbalances and related diseases..
  • Collectively these toxic influences have a “hollowing out” effect on the body’s resiliency and overall vitality.
  • It’s up to us to make wise choices about the food we eat, the environments we place ourselves in, and taking opportunities to support our body’s mechanisms to keep itself clean. 

 

We offer gentle and effective ways to assist the body in discharging these accumulated toxins and freeing the burden of their damaging effects:

  • “Jump start” cleanses to get you feeling better right away
  • Slow and steady support to get at much deeper levels of toxic burden.  This is a must for anyone with chronic illness.

 

In regard to environmental toxins, there is no doubt that we live in a different world than we did 100 years ago.  It can be reasonably assumed that most chronic illness can be linked in some way to toxic environmental influences.  In addition to this, genetic differences in individuals can account for up to a 100 fold difference in one person’s ability to bio-transform a toxin and eliminate it from the body as compared to another.

Here are some sobering statistics:

  • Since World War II, between 75,000 to 80,000 new synthetic chemicals have been released into the environment; less than half of these have been tested for potential toxicity to adult (i.e., not children) humans.
  • Over 4 billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the U.S..  This amounts to 8 pounds for every man, woman, and child. (EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, 1999)
  • Current law allows 350 different pesticides to be used on the food we eat.
  • 400 synthetic chemicals can be found in the average human body.

The following study is quite disturbing, but it illustrates the pervasiveness of environmental toxins.  The study took fat samples from a large, random group of adult Americans and tested them for the presence of environmental toxins.

Here are the results:

Xenobiotic (toxins from the outside world) Compounds
in the Adipose
(fat) Tissue of Americans
(US EPA National Adipose Tissue Survey, 1982)

Compound                                       Frequency
Styrene……………………………..100%
1,4 Dichlorobenzene…………… 100%
Xylene……………………………… 100%
Ethylphenol……………………….. 100%
TCDD(Dioxin)…………………….. 100%
9 Other Chemicals………………90-98%
(Benzene, Toluene, DDE etc)
PCB’s……………………………83%

All of these have demonstrated toxic affects to humans!! The combined effect of these is unknown but predictably significant.

Important facts about heavy metals:

Lead: Facts and Health Effects
  • Bones of modern humans contain 1000x more lead than those from pre-industrial times.
  • Toxic effects from lead have been known for greater that 1000 years
  • Sub-clinical (that is, below the known “toxic” limits) levels cause measurable neurophychological deficits
  • Higher levels shown to lower IQ, impair memory and reaction time, decrease concentration and attention
  • Acts synergystically with other toxicants (especially mercury and cadmium) to suppress immune function
Mercury: Facts and Health Effects
  • Average total body burden is 10-15 mg
  • There is no known safe level of Mercury
  • Environmentally ubiquitous (it can be found everywhere)
  • Sources: fish and shellfish, amalgam fillings in teeth, incinerators, industries that burn mercury containing fuels, mining and chemical manufacturing, electrical components, fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides (all of the last 3 are commonly used in food production)
  • Damages enzyme and other proteins by binding to components of liver detoxification pathways (this impairs an individual’s ability to detoxify other environmental toxins, as well as mercury itself)
  • Promotes free radical damage (a primary mechanism of cancer development, and tissue dysfunction in general)
  • High level exposure can cause permanent damage to brain and kidneys.
  • Chronic low level exposure (typical) may cause cognitive dysfunction, depression, irritability, fearfulness, tremors, changes in vision and hearing.

Summary

We think it is important to raise people’s awareness of the relationship between illness and environmental toxins.

Two meaningful steps can be taken to lessen the impact of these toxins

1.  Reduce your exposures to toxic substances however and wherever you can.  Familiarize yourself with the concept of reducing  “Total Load”.  In regard to both an existing illness and prevention, this concerns the issue of the additive effect of numerous toxic substances.

2.  Take ongoing (lifestyle) measures to assist the body in bio-transforming and discharging accumulated environmental toxins. 

Email or call us to find out more. Contact us

Also see: The Vicious Cycle of Environmental Toxicity and Chronic Infection

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